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|Arnab's Three Favorite Things about the ECE Department:
1) Research exposure
2) The Honors program, which is a great launch pad for graduate school
3) Great professors
Advice to Incoming Students:
My personal motto is, "Live life without regrets." You'll make mistakes, you'll have tough days... do not get worried about courses you will take, you will find that you will grow as the courses get harder. Make new friends, study hard, and most of all, enjoy your time at Maryland.
Throughout the course of my undergraduate career, I made it a point to learn more outside the classroom through research projects, which have played the dual role of enriching my educational experience and providing a means for living expenses and rent. The beauty of research is that although the process of coming up with a solution for a project can be very time consuming and intensive, the end result can be extremely elegant and inspiring.
talks about ECE @ Maryland:
"I am from Mumbai, India, and come from a very academic background. My mother is a scientist who specializes in First Principles Quantum Computing. My late father was a mechanical engineer. Many of my uncles and aunts worked in engineering. Computers have always naturally aroused my curiosity.
This has sometimes gotten the better of me. I have a vivid recollection of an incident as a child when I accidentally deleted my father's files from our computer. The aftereffects were not pleasant! The Internet revolution that took place in the 1990s also served to fuel my curiosity about computers. It amazed me that a radical new technology was about to completely take over more conventional forms of information sharing such as newspapers or television.
An older cousin of mine attended the University of Maryland as a Computer Engineering Honors student, and used to describe in vivid detail the various research projects he was involved in. The infrastructure and facilities provided by Maryland were really attractive. There were no Indian Universities that could match it for research, quality of education or recognition.
In the field of Computer Science, I have a passion for Algorithm Design. I targeted this area as one that could give me answers to some of my questions such as how search engines work.
The ECE department offers a world-class array of research opportunities and Maryland is very well known as a research institution. An undergraduate degree in the ECE department is almost incomplete without any research experience.
Each of the research projects that I was involved in succeeded in motivating me to seek new projects that I could learn more from. My first research project concerned Electromagnetics, my second project involved Signal Processing and my third research project concerned Control Theory and Robotics, which allowed me to work in the Intelligent Servosystems Laboratory.
I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering after my undergraduate education at Maryland."
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